Yankov with Rostov in 2010
|Full name||Chavdar Kirilov Yankov|
|Date of birth||29 March 1984|
|Place of birth||Sofia, Bulgaria|
|Height||1.76 m (5 ft 9 1⁄2 in)|
|2009||→ MSV Duisburg (loan)||12||(1)|
|2010–2011||→ Rostov (loan)||25||(2)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
Yankov began his football career as a youth at Slavia Sofia. He made his debut in professional football on 7 September 2001, in a 0–1 loss against Lokomotiv Sofia. In the 2001–02 season, Yankov played in seven matches for Slavia. He started to make his name two years later when he scored six goals in 30 league games and was called to the Bulgarian national team by then coach Hristo Stoichkov.
In summer 2005, Yankov moved to German Bundesliga side Hannover 96, initially on a loan, but made permanent in summer 2007 for a fee of around €1.30 million. In summer 2009, he was loaned to MSV Duisburg.
On 8 January 2010, Yankov joined Ukrainian Premier League club Metalurh Donetsk on a two-and-a-half-year deal. On 13 August 2010, Yankov was loaned out to Russian Premier League club FC Rostov.
Yankov retired in 2014 at age of 30, due to injury.
Yankov made his debut for Bulgaria in 2004. On 13 October 2004, he scored his first goal for Bulgaria in a 4–1 win against Malta as part of the World Cup 2006 qualification campaign. On 12 October 2010, in the absence of Stilian Petrov, he captained the side for the first time in the 2–0 win against Saudi Arabia in a friendly match.
From 2004 to 2011, Yankov made a total of 48 appearances for his country scoring 5 goals.
|1.||13 October 2004||Sofia, Bulgaria||Malta||4–1||4–1||World Cup 2006 Qual.|
|2.||12 November 2005||Sofia, Bulgaria||Georgia||1–0||6–2||Friendly|
|3.||12 November 2005||Sofia, Bulgaria||Georgia||2–0||6–2||Friendly|
|4.||6 February 2007||Larnaca, Cyprus||Latvia||2–0||Win||Friendly|
|5.||6 June 2007||Sofia, Bulgaria||Belarus||2–1||2–1||UEFA Euro 2008 Qual.|
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